Spring school 2014

Belgrade (Serbia), 11th –  13th April 2014

in cooperation with ATSZJ

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(one of the two Serbian Signlanguage Organisations)


Registration deadline:

Registration is closed.

What is the efsli Spring school 2014 about?

This year’s Spring School will provide an introduction to the various phases and aspects of conducting research for sign language interpreters and trainers of sign language interpreters, including those with little or no research experience. The programme will lead participants from learning about the initial stages of a research project to its completion, i.e. from developing research questions and creating a successful and appropriate research design to the dissemination of findings to various parties and audiences. Sessions will give tasters of different quantitative and qualitative methods used in sign language interpreting research to generate and analyse data, particularly covering aspects of survey designs, conducting interviews and focus groups, case study research, ethnographic methods, and action research practices. We will reflect on motivations, roles and responsibilities, ethical implications, collaboration between different participants in the research process, as well as go through some more technical aspects such as data analysis tools and how to write an academic paper. Sessions, delivered in a seminar style with lecture elements will leave ample time for discussions, reflections and exchange of ideas on how to apply the learned to own interests and projects. Participants with or without concrete ambitions of conducting research are welcome.

Training venue

Training will take place in Belgrade (Serbia) at “Parobrod”.

Parobrod is a Cultural Centre of Municipality of Stari Grad in Belgrade

For more information visit: www.ukparobrod.rs

Further details about the training venue will be given to registered participants.


Schedule (tentative):

Friday 11th April 2013 from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Saturday 12th April 2013 from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday 13 April 2013 from 9:00 am to 12:00 am

Draft programme

  1. Initial stages: From ideas to research questions to research design
  2. Roles and responsibilities: some ethical considerations
  3. Quantitative and qualitative methodologies
  4. Survey methods
  5. Interviews and focus groups
  6. Ethnographic and case study research
  7. Collaborative research and action research
  8. Data analysis
  9. Dissemination: Academic writing, presentation and beyond
  10. Conclusion


Who is the trainer?


Dr Svenja Wurm


Dr Svenja Wurm is a lecturer at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, where she acts as programme director for the European Master’s in Sign Language Interpreting (EUMASLI) run together with German and Finnish Universities. Svenja has been part of a team developing the first full-time undergraduate degree in BSL-English interpreting in Scotland which has been implemented at Heriot-Watt University in 2012. She supervises doctoral theses in various areas of Interpreting and Translation Studies and has been involved in teaching theoretical and applied courses in translation and interpreting theory and methodology, BSL translation, subtitling and German. She is co-organiser of the Edinburgh-based EdSign lecture series and was part of the editing team of the publication series The Sign Language Translator and Interpreter published by St Jerome. Her research exploring the notion of signed language translation (rather than interpreting) is characteristic of her general research interests in recorded translation involving written and signed texts, multimodal translation, Deaf literacy practices and qualitative methodology, as well as addressing her more general motivation to encourage exchange between signed and spoken/written language translation, and translation and interpreting scholarship.

Communication at efsli Spring School

The course will be presented in English or International Sign (IS)
Correspondence with efsli and official documents (course handouts, feedbackforms, etc.) will be in English.

How much does it cost?

efsli Individual Members, GDP <20.000 = 180 euro
efsli Individual Members, GDP >20.000 = 280 euro

NON members of efsli, GDP <20.000 = 360 euro
NON members of efsli, GDP >20.000 = 560 euro

Who can register?

All Sign language interpreters and/or trainers interested in this topic, with or without concrete ambitions of conducting research are welcome.


How do I register?

Registration is closed.
If you have any questions about this please contact us on training@efsli.org

Please take note that you need to register online and make your payment at the same time!
Payment can be made either by PayPal (after filling in the online registration survey and return to this page to use the button below to pay):
or by bank transfer (please remember you must  include bank charges when paying).
efsli’s bank details:
BNP Parisbas, Belgium
IBAN: BE71 290015049569
Account number: 290 – 0150495 – 69
Wetstraat 26/15
1040 Brussels


Please do not book your accommodation or flight until your place on the course has been confirmed. Or if you do so, it will be at your own risk.
Selection of participants will be made according to the “first come, first served” system.
Training will take place if the required minimum number of participants has registered.

I want to cancel my registration. Can I get a refund?

Cancellations must be send by email to admin@efsli.org and need to be confirmed by efsli. Please contact the training department for further details.
If your cancellation is received:
Before 24th March 2014: 50% refund minus bank transfer fee
after  24th March 2014: no refund
Changes in registration: 50 Euro (will be applied if you decide not to cancel your registration but send someone else instead of you).

Do you still need further information?

For further information, please do not hesitate to contact efsli at: training@efsli.org